‘TODAY’ ANNOUNCES THE 2022 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES LINEUP





‘TODAY’ ANNOUNCES THE 2022 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES LINEUP SPONSORED BY CITI

Harry Styles Kicked Off the 27th Annual Summer Citi Concert Series on TODAY on Thursday, May 19

Additional Headliners for the “Citi Concert Series on TODAY” Include: Lizzo, Jon Batiste, Maren Morris, Walker Hayes, Jack Harlow, Brandi Carlile, Conan Gray, Romeo Santos, Mickey Guyton and More

NEW YORK – May 20, 2022 – TODAY is once again bringing the heat to Rockefeller Plaza this summer. Grammy Award-winning superstar Harry Styles kicked off the 2022 “Citi Concert Series on TODAY” yesterday, and the full star-studded lineup was announced this morning on NBC’s TODAY: https://on.today.com/3sOcL4S

This summer’s roster features performances by: Lizzo, Jon Batiste, Maren Morris, Walker Hayes, Jack Harlow, Brandi Carlile, Conan Gray, Romeo Santos and Mickey Guyton. See the full lineup here: TODAY.com/Concerts. For the eighth consecutive year, Citi is the sponsor for the “Citi Concert Series on TODAY.”

Below is a list of the concerts scheduled-to-date, with additional performances to be announced in the coming weeks. All performances are on Fridays unless otherwise noted. Viewers can attend concerts by visiting the plaza for general admission entry on a first-come, first-served basis, or can check out TODAY.com for information about opportunities for guaranteed admission. Entrance is located at 48th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

For all Rockefeller Plaza performances, TODAY requires proof of vaccination and a valid photo ID. Read more on COVID-19 protocols here.

“Citi Concert Series on TODAY” Summer Lineup:

MAY

MAY 19 HARRY STYLES *Thursday

#HarryStylesTODAY

JUNE

JUNE 17 JON BATISTE

#JonBatisteTODAY

JUNE 24 CONAN GRAY

#ConanGrayTODAY

JULY

JULY 15 LIZZO

#LizzoTODAY

JULY 22 ROMEO SANTOS

#RomeoSantosTODAY

JULY 28 MAREN MORRIS *Thursday

#MarenMorrisTODAY

AUGUST

AUGUST 5 WALKER HAYES

#WalkerHayesTODAY

AUGUST 12 JACK HARLOW

#JackHarlowTODAY

AUGUST 26 MICKEY GUYTON

#MickeyGuytonTODAY

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 2 BRANDI CARLILE

#BrandiCarlileTODAY

Performances and interviews will be featured on TODAY.com upon airing.



Disney Original Documentary and Disney+ Announce Upcoming Feature Documentary on Music Icon





Disney Original Documentary and Disney+ Announce Upcoming Feature Documentary on Music Icon, Global Legend and Best-Selling Artist Elton John
From Academy Award-nominee R.J. Cutler and filmmaker David Furnish, the documentary will serve as the official feature on Elton John, comprised of unseen concert footage of him over the past 50 years, hand-written journals and present-day footage of him and his family.
[via press release from Disney+]
DISNEY ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY AND DISNEY+ ANNOUNCE UPCOMING FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ON MUSIC ICON, GLOBAL LEGEND AND BEST-SELLING ARTIST ELTON JOHN

Academy AwardⓇ-Nominee R.J. Cutler Will Direct Alongside Filmmaker David Furnish, Elton John’s Longtime Partner

“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And The Years That Made His Legend” Will Feature Unseen Rehearsal and Concert Footage Along With Exclusive Personal Archives and Interviews
(BURBANK, CA – May 18, 2022) – Disney Original Documentary and Disney+ announced today the feature documentary “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and The Years That Made His Legend.” From Academy Award-nominee R.J. Cutler and filmmaker David Furnish, the documentary will serve as the official feature on Elton John, comprised of unseen concert footage of him over the past 50 years, hand-written journals and present-day footage of him and his family. Following a robust festival run and limited theatrical release, the film will be available exclusively on Disney+.

Rooted in Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour,” the feature documentary film will capture Elton John’s final months on the road, culminating in what promises to be one of the greatest send-offs in rock-and-roll history when John performs his final North American show at Dodger Stadium this upcoming November. The film will also look back at the extraordinary first five years of John’s career when, between 1970 and 1975, he released 10 iconic albums, seven of which went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts and became a global phenomenon.

“There are no superlatives left to describe Elton John and his impact on music and culture – he’s simply unrivaled,” said Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Like a good Disney story, Elton’s music has both universal appeal and the ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level. He has been part of the Disney family since 1994 when he helped make ‘The Lion King’ an instant classic, and we could not be more excited to collaborate with him on this new documentary.”

“Working with R.J. Cutler and David Furnish on what will undoubtedly become the definitional film about the iconic Elton John is a great honor,” said Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television. “Their incredible vision and intimate access to exclusive, never-before-seen anecdotes and footage will provide the deepest, most captivating insight yet into one of the world’s most beloved and prolific artists.”

With exclusive new interviews and performance clips from Madison Square Garden, London and other performance venues, the film will be the definitive portrait of one of the world’s most successful musical artists of all time, who has inspired multiple generations of audiences and musicians. In addition to directing, R.J. Cutler will also produce the film under his company, This Machine Filmworks, as will David Furnish, who will produce under his and Elton John’s formed Rocket Entertainment. Trevor Smith will also serve as producer. Joining as executive producers are John Battsek, Jane Cha Cutler and Elise Pearlstein.

“What a thrill and an honor it is that David Furnish and I get to create this intimate and unique look at one of the world’s most celebrated artists,” said director and producer R.J. Cutler. “As it has for so many others, Elton John’s music has had deep meaning for me for decades, and this opportunity is nothing short of a career highlight and privilege.”

Director and producer David Furnish says, “Elton and I could not think of a better collaborator than R.J. Cutler for a film that represents more than just Elton’s career – it’s his life. From the Troubadour to Dodger Stadium, we knew that R.J. would help guide Elton’s story and its many layers in a way that feels authentic and evocative. We’re ecstatic to be working together.”

R.J. Cutler is an award-winning filmmaker who has made some of the most significant documentaries and television series of the past quarter century. He is the director, producer and writer of four-time Emmy(R)-nominated and Oscar(R)-shortlisted feature documentary “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry,” about music sensation Billie Eilish. His additional feature documentary credits include Critics’ Choice Award-nominated “BELUSHI,” Oscar-nominated “The War Room,” Emmy-nominated “A Perfect Candidate,” the Sundance Award-winning “The September Issue,” the Peabody Award-winning and Oscar-shortlisted “Listen to Me Marlon,” the Grierson Award-winning “Thin” and “The World According to Dick Cheney.”

Submarine’s Josh Braun negotiated the deal with Disney. Danny Passman of Gang, Tyre, Ramen, Brown & Passman, Inc. represented Rocket Pictures. Marisa Fermin and Sarah Santos represented This Machine Filmworks. Jeanne Newman of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox represented R.J. Cutler.

R.J. Cutler and David Furnish are directing and producing under their respective production companies, This Machine Filmworks and Rocket Entertainment. Trevor Smith is also producer. Executive producers are John Battsek, Jane Cha Cutler and Elise Pearlstein. Marjon Javadi is VP, Originals for Documentaries and Docuseries for Disney Branded Television/Disney Original Documentary.



“The Voice” Returns This Fall with Blake Shelton, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Camila Cabello





“The Voice” Returns This Fall with Blake Shelton, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Camila Cabello
Give a warm welcome to your Voice Coaches.
[via press release from NBC]





American Idol 5/22 (Season Finale) on ABC





American Idol: SEASON FINALE – 519 (Grand Finale) (5/22)
“519 (Grand Finale)” – Season 20 of “American Idol” concludes in epic fashion with the Top 3 each hitting the Idol stage in hopes of securing America’s vote, including one round dedicated to “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen. In the end, one winner will be crowned the next American Idol. In addition to the finalists, there will be showstopping performances by superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as Idol legend Carrie Underwood and superstars James Arthur, Sara Bareilles, Gabby Barrett, Michael Bublé, Deana Carter, Earth, Wind & Fire, Melissa Etheridge, Flo Rida, Ben Platt, Thomas Rhett, Tai Verdes and more. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest hosts “American Idol,” LIVE, coast to coast, SUNDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/6:00-9:00 p.m. MDT/5:00-8:00 p.m. PDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.



Hulu To Serve As The Official Streaming Destination Of Music Festivals In 2022 And 2023





Hulu To Serve As The Official Streaming Destination Of Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, And Austin City Limits Music Festivals In 2022 And 2023

May 12, 2022

First-of-its-kind offering will deliver livestream of select festival performances exclusively to Hulu subscribers

LOS ANGELES (May 12, 2022) – Following a successful turn as the official streaming destination of Lollapalooza in 2021, Hulu announced today that it is extending its collaboration with Live Nation to serve as the official streaming destination of three of C3 Presents’ biggest music festivals – Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits Music Festival – in both 2022 and 2023. This marks the first time that a platform has had streaming rights to all three of these iconic live events.

For all three festivals, select performances will be livestreamed exclusively to Hulu SVOD subscribers at no additional cost. Additional special footage and behind-the-scenes looks will also be available, and the specific livestream schedules will be announced in the weeks prior to each event. Two different live feeds will be available Friday through Sunday of each festival, with one feed for the Thursday shows from Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza (Austin City Limits Music Festival does not have programming on Thursday).

“Hulu and Live Nation are both committed to delivering exceptional entertainment to fans, so we are thrilled to be collaborating with them, again, as we expand our offering to include these three legendary festivals,” said Joe Earley, President, Hulu. “Each event is unique, but all three bring people together for incredible music, artistry, and experiences, which we are fortunate to be able to share with Hulu subscribers.”

“The demand for live music is at an all-time high and the live experience has never been more connected to digital,” said Charlie Walker, Partner, C3 Presents. “By expanding our partnership with Hulu, even more fans will be able to tune into each of these incredible festival experiences in real-time and enjoy live performances from their favorite artists with the fans on-site.”

As previously announced, Bonnaroo 2022 will take place June 16-19 in Manchester, TN and feature performances from Stevie Nicks, Machine Gun Kelly, The Chicks, Roddy Ricch, J. Cole, and many more. From July 28 through 31, Lollapalooza will once again take over Grant Park in Chicago with a line-up that includes Metallica, Dua Lipa, Green Day, Doja Cat, Jazmine Sullivan, and so many others. Performers for Austin City Limits Music Festival, which will take place the first two weekends in October, include Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!NK, The Chicks, SZA, Kacey Musgraves, Flume, Paramore, and Lil Nas X.

Additional information will be available across Hulu’s platform and social media channels.

About Hulu

Hulu is the leading and most comprehensive all-in-one premium streaming service that offers an expansive slate of live and on-demand entertainment, both in and outside the home, through a wide array of subscription options that give consumers ultimate control over their viewing experience. As part of Disney’s Media and Entertainment Distribution segment, Hulu is the only on-demand offering that provides access to shows from every major U.S. broadcast network, libraries of hit TV series and films – including licensed content available exclusively on Hulu – and award-winning Hulu Originals, both with and without commercials. With Hulu + Live TV, subscribers receive a unique combination of access to 75+ live news, entertainment and sports TV channels from 20th Television, The Walt Disney Company, ABC, NBCUniversal, CBS Corporation, The CW, Turner Networks, A+E Networks and Discovery Networks, as well as Disney+ and ESPN+ included as part of the base plan. Visit www.hulu.com to subscribe or learn more about the service.

About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

About C3 Presents

C3 Presents creates live experiences for millions of fans across the globe, setting the new standard each year for events that are as memorable as they are spectacular. One of the world’s largest music festival producers, C3 is the force behind some of the world’s most iconic multi-day festivals including Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas and Lollapalooza in Chicago and its six international editions — drawing a combined 2 million music lovers annually. The current event roster also includes Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (Manchester, TN), Innings Festival (Tempe and Tampa), Shaky Knees (Atlanta), Austin Food + Wine Festival and many more.

C3 has produced a diverse portfolio of affinity-building experiences for high profile brands and cultural institutions, including the Biden Inauguration Field of Flags, the Obama Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies, White House Easter Egg Roll, the NFL Draft Fan Festival (Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, New Orleans, Nashville, Cleveland, Las Vegas), plus initiatives for the PGA Tour, Nike and more.



K-POP STAR ALEXA REPRESENTING OKLAHOMA WINS NBC’S ‘AMERICAN SONG CONTEST’





K-POP STAR ALEXA REPRESENTING OKLAHOMA WINS NBC’S ‘AMERICAN SONG CONTEST’

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — May 9, 2022 – AleXa, a K-pop artist who represented her home state of Oklahoma, was crowned the winner of NBC’s “American Song Contest.” The winner was announced live during tonight’s Grand Final as the top 10 artists took the stage one last time.

Representing Oklahoma, AleXa’s original song “Wonderland” won America and the National Jury’s vote for best hit song. “Wonderland” has been the most streamed song from the competition with over 2.7 million streams.

As the winner of “American Song Contest,” the song will be supported with airplay across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, using the company’s massive scale and reach to introduce this new music to the masses. The winner will also appear at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, airing live Sunday, May 15 from Las Vegas on NBC.

The Live Grand Final also included special performances by “American Song Contest” hosts Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg, who performed a medley of their hits “A Whole Lotta Woman” and “What’s My Name.” Grammy Award-nominated country music singer songwriter Jimmie Allen also performed his hit “Down Home.”

AleXa is proud to represent the state where she was born and raised until the age of 21. Alex Christine, known professionally as AleXa (알렉사), is a K-pop singer, dancer and songwriter who grew up in Tulsa. A lifelong dancer, AleXa was first drawn to K-pop because of its strong performance identity. After nearly a million fan votes determined her the winner of online talent competition Rising Legends, she was one of the 96 chosen to participate in “Produce 48,” the most competitive audition show in Korea. In 2019, AleXa made her multilingual K-pop debut with “Bomb,” which has received nearly 22 million views to date and hit #7 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. A year later AleXa released extended plays “Do or Die” and “Decoherence,” garnering wins for two of Korea’s most prestigious awards. In 2021, AleXa released Y2K-inspired “ReviveR” with dance track “Xtra,” performed the national anthem for the Los Angeles Dodgers and became the first K-pop artist to host a fan meeting in the metaverse within the action-shooter game Scavengers.

From the producers of “Eurovision Song Contest” and “The Voice,” the all-live music competition series, hosted by Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson, featured live new music performances – representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation’s capital – competing to win the country’s vote for the best hit song. The 56 artists spanned a wide range of performers, from undiscovered talent, up-and-coming new artists, and rising stars to established and legendary icons. An incredible solo artist, duo, group or band represented each location and performed a new original song, celebrating the depth and variety of different styles and genres across America.

“American Song Contest” is executive produced by Audrey Morrissey with Propagate’s Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens, American Song Contest, Inc.’s Anders Lenhoff, Christer Björkman, Peter Settman and Ola Melzig; alongside Gregory Lipstone, Amanda Zucker and Kyra Thompson. Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson also serve as executive producers.

The series is produced by Propagate in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, and American Song Contest, Inc.



PEACOCK TO LIVE STREAM EUROVISION SONG CONTEST EXCLUSIVELY IN THE U.S.





PEACOCK TO LIVE STREAM EUROVISION SONG CONTEST EXCLUSIVELY IN THE U.S.

Johnny Weir To Host the Peacock Stream of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest
Contest to Begin on May 10 at 3 p.m. ET

Beginning tomorrow, the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest will be available to stream exclusively on Peacock in the United States, both live and on-demand. This is the second year in a row that Peacock has exclusively streamed the Eurovision Song Contest in the United States.

Eurovision is the world’s largest song contest held annually. Fans can expect breathtaking performances from some of the world’s best singers and songwriters. Here’s when to watch:
First Semi-Final: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 3:00 PM ET
Second Semi-Final: Thursday, May 12, 2022, 3:00 PM ET
Grand Final: Saturday, May 14, 2022, 3:00 PM ET

This year, Eurovision superfan Johnny Weir will host the Peacock stream of the song contest live from Los Angeles. Weir will be providing commentary and pop-ins throughout the stream. Weir is a two-time Olympian and serves as a figure skating analyst for NBC Sports.
About Peacock: Peacock is NBCUniversal’s streaming service. Peacock delivers a world-class slate of exclusive Originals, on-demand libraries of hit TV shows, plus critically acclaimed films from the vaults of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and Hollywood’s biggest studios. In addition, Peacock taps into NBCUniversal’s unmatched ability to deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night, Spanish-language, and reality. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Eurovision: The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest live music event. It is organized annually by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the world’s foremost alliance of public service media (PSM). The competition, in which participating Member broadcasters of the EBU send a new song to represent their nation, takes place annually in the country that won the previous edition. The event is produced by the EBU together with the broadcaster which sent the winning song. 40 broadcasters are taking part in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin following Italy’s win with the song “Zitti e buoni” by Måneskin in 2021. The Eurovision Song Contest has taken place every year since 1956 except in 2020 when the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 27 countries have won the competition at least once. The 2019 competition reached over 180 million TV viewers in over 40 markets and millions more online.



American Idol 5/15 on ABC





American Idol: 518 (Top 5) (5/15)
“518 (Top 5)” – The Top 5 Idol hopefuls travel to The Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas, to be mentored by eight-time GRAMMY® Award-winning country music superstar and 2005 “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood from Resorts World Theatre, home of her ongoing REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency. Each contestant will perform two songs, leaving it all on the stage in hopes of earning America’s vote and landing a spot in the Grand Finale. GRAMMY and Academy Award®-winning singer-songwriter and producer Finneas will also perform his new single “Naked.” “American Idol” airs LIVE, coast to coast, SUNDAY, MAY 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT/6:00-8:00 p.m. MDT/5:00-7:00 p.m. PDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, L) Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu the day following their premieres.



HARRY STYLES KICKS OFF THE 2022 CITI CONCERT SERIES ON ‘TODAY’





HARRY STYLES KICKS OFF THE 2022 CITI CONCERT SERIES ON ‘TODAY’

Styles to Perform Live on Rockefeller Plaza Thursday, May 19 on NBC’s TODAY

NEW YORK – May 5, 2022 – World-renowned Grammy Award-winning artist Harry Styles will kick off the 2022 “Citi Concert Series on TODAY.” Styles will perform music from his new album, “Harry’s House” live on Rockefeller Plaza Thursday, May 19 on NBC’s TODAY.

Visitors can secure official Fan Passes for #HarryStylesTODAY here. Fans are also encouraged to visit the plaza on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The performance will be available on TODAY.com following the broadcast.

For all Rockefeller Plaza performances, TODAY requires proof of vaccination and a valid photo ID. Read more on COVID-19 protocols here.

For the eighth consecutive year, Citi is the sponsor for the “Citi Music Series on TODAY.”



“CMT Remembers: Naomi Judd” to Honor Late Country Music Legend on Tuesday, May 3rd at 9P/8C





“CMT Remembers: Naomi Judd” to Honor Late Country Music Legend on Tuesday, May 3rd at 9P/8C
The half-hour event is a celebration honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of the legendary Naomi Judd, one half of country music’s iconic mother-daughter duo, The Judds.
[via press release from CMT]
“CMT REMEMBERS: NAOMI JUDD” TO HONOR LATE COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND ON TUESDAY, MAY 3RD AT 9P/8C

The Judds’ final performance of “Love Can Build A Bridge” from the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS to air every hour on CMT, CMT Music and Pluto TV during Music Video Hours

WHAT: CMT REMEMBERS: NAOMI JUDD” is a celebration honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of the legendary Naomi Judd, one half of country music’s iconic mother-daughter duo, The Judds. Featuring archival footage and interviews blended alongside memorable performances and moments from the past several decades of her career, the half-hour event recounts Naomi’s storied past as a trailblazer for women in country music and path to becoming one of the most successful duos in country music history. From a comprehensive overview of The Judds’ early beginnings and family dynamics to Naomi’s career post-The Judds before the GRAMMY-winning pair’s reunion in 2022, the special will also feature Naomi’s final interview on the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS red carpet earlier this month and include coverage of last night’s emotional induction ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Additionally, CMT will air The Judds’ final performance of international hit and chart-topping single, “Love Can Build A Bridge,” from the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS every hour during music hours on CMT, CMT Music and CMT Pluto channels this week. Watch the full performance here.

WHO: The special will include appearances, commentary and reactions from Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, daughter Wynonna and more.

WHEN + WHERE: Airs Tuesday, May 3rd at 9p/8c on CMT. The special will receive four encore presentations: Wednesday, May 4th at 8:30a/7:30c (CMT) and 8p/7c (CMT Music); Saturday, May 7th at 12p/11c (CMT) and Sunday, May 8th at 11a/10c (CMT Music).

MORE INFO: For more information, visit CMT.com and follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.